Arnold Relman: Off His Rocker

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  • 07/16/2007
To see what happens when too many people toady up to for too long and what being imperious does to one's brain cells and personality, read Arnold Relman's screed against Richard Epstein's book "Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceuetical Innovation."

To be fair, Epstein lays into Relman in his book, so Arnie is entitled to hit back. But the review is long, boring and short on detail. He never rebuts Epstein's claim. Rather he just screams that Big Pharma buys and sells the FDA and every other major political institution. Well if that's the case, why do so many of their drugs fail to make past FDA reviewers? If the marketing is so successful why not crank out one me too after another and just ram them down the throats of stupid docs and consumers? Why invest in innovation at all? Then the problem of government regulation disappears.

Relman is so obsessed with his droning that he does not realize he has no point. That is the biomarker of a zealot or some other condition.

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